Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl is written to inspire and encourage all girls (and women) who are bald or might go bald for various reasons.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Be what you want to be.
Do whatever you want to do.Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl – Carola Schmidt (pg. 21)
Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist and has written many scientific books about her field. Her books are listed in BookAuthority’s Best Pharmacy Books of All Time, Best New Pharmacy Books and eBooks, and Springer Highlights 2020.
Besides Bald is Beautiful, the author has also written Cancer Daily Life and
Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer.
Book Authority listed Chubby’s Tale as one of the 81 best leukaemia books of all time. Carola also wrote the Babushka Series – the first time that she doesn’t write about cancer.
Dian Ovieta was responsible for the beautiful illustrations in Bald is Beautiful.
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My experience with cancer
I am no stranger to cancer. I’ve lost my dad and my brother-in-law to cancer, and most recently, my mom. When she was diagnosed, it has spread too far, and she was already in a terminal stage. She was always a lady – well-dressed – and her hair must always be perfect. For her, it was indeed her crowning glory. She was a loving mother, but we knew we couldn’t touch her hair once she did it for the day.
I remember, it doesn’t matter how sick she got in the end, until the very last day, she always did her hair neatly. But often thanks to the helpful staff in the retirement home where she lived.
Many women and children are not so lucky and face baldness due to cancer treatment or other causes. Nobody likes to be different, and these courageous women and children meet their cancer treatments with its many side effects, emotional devastation, and baldness with boldness and courage, which we all have to admire.
My mom’s birthday was 8 September. I am participating in the book tour of Bald is Beautiful on this day, to honour her and my loved ones I’ve lost to cancer, as well as so many I don’t know – but most of all the cancer survivors!
My take on Bald is Beautiful.
It is not easy to be different, especially for children, who are often rejected and ridiculed. It makes it very challenging to go to school and face their tormentors about something out of their control.
With Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl, Carola Schmidt aims to encourage all the girls who are or will go bald for various reasons. She helps them realise that they are still beautiful and that their baldness doesn’t define who they are.
She tells them that they are powerful, and despite their baldness, they can be who they want to be and do what they want to do!
Dian Ovieta highlight this message with her sensitive drawings and show that bald can also be beautiful. Because, ultimately -beauty is not in looks – but when a person’s inner strength shines through!
Also read my review of Lizzie’s Dream Journal, to see how a journal can help a child cope with issues they face.
Should you get Bald is Beautiful for your child?
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a great time to share this book with your child to create awareness about childhood cancer and baldness as one of the side effects of cancer treatment. The book will help you start a discussion about cancer, baldness, and even other ways kids can be different.
Through the book, kids can learn to empathise with others who are different and treat them with kindness. If they know a child with cancer or who are bald, she can share this book as a way to inspire and encourage them. And if your child has cancer, the book can help you to boost her and creates a way for you to talk to her about her cancer – give her the facts in a way she can understand, let her share her feelings, and find ways for her to celebrate her beauty.
Bald is Beautiful also have a powerful message for all women. So often, we are unhappy with who we are and how we look. Even if we are not bald, the book still tells us to embrace who we are, be the best we can be, and do the things we want to do.
Consider getting Carola Schmidt’s other cancer books for kids, or What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer?, which explains the science and how the diagnosis and treatment can disrupt a child’s life.
When you lose a loved one to cancer it is as if you mourn them twice! First when you see them wasting away every day. Mourning all the things that they will never experience, all the things they miss out on because of this illness. And once they are gone, you mourn this special person in your life, who you will never hug again, share special moments with, and live daily with the emptiness in your heart. What is your experience with cancer? We would love to hear from you. Please share with us in the comments?
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Why Read or Rot?
I have started reading at the age of four. I can remember how I often read under the covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to sleep.
During my early school years, we visited the library once a week. I couldn’t pick out my new book fast enough! By the end of the period, I would have finished it already, leaving me with nothing to read for the rest of the week!
Growing up, Fridays was the highlight of my week. Dad would pack the whole family into the car, and off we go! You guessed right – to the library! We were a family of readers.
In my adult years, I’ve developed a variety of interests like technology, photography, gardening and even writing. But reading was and will always be a part of my life!
Reading for me is like breathing. If I cannot read, my soul will quietly rot away…